If you’re a fan of classic cartoons chances are you’ve seen The Jetsons, and if you haven’t you really don’t know good TV – there, I said it! The popular animated sitcom premiered in the 60s and was resurrected in the 80s, but thanks to syndication we can still enjoy the misadventures of this futuristic family even today.

Whether it’s Skypad apartments, robot maids or robotic homes with multi-functional appliances, we often watched this cartoon in awe hoping that the fictional characters’ Utopian world would one day be a reality for us.

Well, it’s time to get excited because this has now become our reality; welcome to the world of robotic furniture. Ori Systems has introduced a line of innovative products that feel and perform as if they are significantly larger than they actually are.

The idea behind Ori Sytems

The company credits the name Ori to the Japanese art of ‘Origami’ which is a paper-folding technique within the Japanese culture. Flat sheets of paper are often transformed into intricate, sculptural designs often without the use of glue, cuts or markings.

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Ori Sytems further explains that the term ‘Ori’ is a “prefix for something magical to come.” And what is to come you ask? Well, for one the company wants to give you effortless space transformations by utilizing technological features we already use today such as voice command, finger touch or tap.  The Ori system allows you to quickly and easily transform your home for the use of different activities. So instead of having to adapt to spaces, which we’ve been doing for years, it’s now time for the space to adapt to us!

How does it work?

The simple user interface has motion sensors which you can connect to your other smart devices—there is an Ori app for iOS and Android.

It is powered by modular robotics and can be installed in pre-existing buildings and new projects; it is flat packed and assembled on site. The material is made from plywood and is lightweight but durable and sturdy.

 

Through the use of modular mechatronics, you can easily transition a space from a full-scale bathroom to a living room and even an office.

This is exciting news for those who already live in cramped dwellings since a small apartment does not lend itself to multi-functional use. However, with Ori, you can use one room 100 different ways.

What does Ori offer?

So far the system has ‘Full’ and ‘Queen’ options with three preset modes.

  1. Bed mode: There is a retractable bed that acts as an office space and a closet. This mode is activated through the user interface or the Ori app installed on your smartphone or tablet, which allows you to reconfigure the unit from anywhere in the world.

2. Lounge mode: This allows for the most open space and is ideal for entertaining guests.

3. Wardrobe mode: When it’s time to get dressed this mode allows you to access your clothes, shoes etc.

The robotic furniture is not yet available for consumers, as the company is first partnering with real estate developers. However, as of today, you can pre-order the system from the Ori website.  As you can imagine they do come with a hefty price tag, starting at $10,000 USD.

On the cheaper end, you will also be able to rent apartments in certain cities which will be equipped with the Ori Systems. Here is a list of the cities and places so far: 

  • Boston, MA – Hines at the Meriel Marina Bay, Samuels & Associates at the Continuum and Skanska at the Watermark Seaport
  • Chicago, IL – Tandem Development’s MODE Logan Square Apartments
  • Columbus, OH – Crawford Hoying’s Bridge Park
  • Harrison, NJ – DeBartolo Development’s Steel Works
  • Miami, FL – ZOM USA’s Monarc at Met3
  • New York, NY – Brookfield Property Partners L.P.’s The Eugene
  • San Francisco, CA – UDR Apartments’ Channel Mission Bay
  • Washington DC – Valor Development’s The Vintage
  • Vancouver, BC – Bosa Properties’ Bluesky Chinatown
  • Seattle, WA – Various Residencies

Would you shell out the extra cash for robotic furniture? Share your views in the comments!

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